Industrial and civil construction in North Queensland is driving up demand for skilled tradespeople including electricians, plumbers and civil operators, recruitment business Hays says.
The region is also seeing continued demand for civil engineers as it gears up for more construction projects.
Hays Jobs Report for January to June 2020 covers the anticipated hot spots of skills in demand for the construction industry
In Queensland, a slower residential market and the completion of some infrastructure projects in the south has had an impact.
But the report notes the role of roads projects, in Far North Queensland and remote areas in particular, as well as more fast-tracked infrastructure in South-East Queensland in keeping demand high for quality site engineers, project engineers and project managers.
Engineers at all levels, experienced estimators, and site supervisors are in strong demand across various fields of construction work.
Contract administrators are in demand for commercial construction along with site managers with experience on $20 million-plus commercial projects and project managers and directors with expereience on major high-rise projects.
Hays says carpenters are also sought-after, particularly those with high-end fitout experience.
“HVAC ( Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning) technicians are needed, but there is a pay gap between local and interstate rates,” the Hays report notes.
“With candidates able to earn higher rates in NSW and Victoria, there is a shortage of candidates for Queensland roles.”